Chaplains and Staff
Diana Brown is the Assistant Director for Interreligious Engagement in Campus Ministry. In this role, she works with our program coordinators and directors on cross-chaplaincy management, interreligious programs, and outreach to religiously unaffiliated students. She also helps oversee the “Press Pause” series and is a residential minister on campus. When she joined Campus Ministry in 2017, she worked for Muslim, Jewish, and Dharmic Life as the Interreligious Coordinator. Originally from Utah, Diana earned a BA and MA in Sociology from Brigham Young University and is currently working on an MPS in Public Relations & Corporate Communications from Georgetown University. Diana loves music, road trips, farmer’s markets, biking, and experimental baking. She is happy to connect with students over both mundane and serious topics, such as navigating faith and its confusing intersections with family, religious culture, social issues, and philosophy.
John Crowley-Buck is Special Assistant to the Vice President for Mission & Ministry. In this role, he supports the work of the Vice President in advancing the Catholic identity, Ignatian heritage, and Jesuit mission of Georgetown University. John holds a PhD in Christian Ethics from Loyola University Chicago, a MA in Theological Ethics from Boston College, and a BA in Theology and English from Boston College. He is also an adjunct instructor in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies. John is committed to fostering safe, critical spaces for students, faculty, and staff to engage with Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit heritage, and discovering new ways of understanding themselves as participating in both the service of faith and the promotion of justice. Outside of work, he is an avid cook, loves to swim and sail, and is always looking for the next good read.
Lisa Directo Davis is the Program Director for the John Main Center for Meditation and Inter-religious Dialogue. She oversees the Center’s meditation sessions, ecumenical and inter-religious offerings and leadership formation for the diverse student team. In this role, Lisa seeks to foster a deeper integration of contemplative practices with compassionate action. She has loved serving in university and parish ministry in the States as well as overseas with the British Jesuits to launch the London Jesuit Volunteers and with non-profits in Sri Lanka and Cyprus, such as Emerge and Caritas. Lisa always aspires to cultivate welcoming spaces where students, faculty and staff can explore in community or individually, their deepest heart questions about finding a spiritual home within, without and across faith traditions, navigating life transitions, grief and purpose. Lisa pursued interdisciplinary studies in Social Behavior and Ecology at U.C. Irvine, holds an M.Div. from Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary with the Benedictines in Minnesota and earned a certificate for spiritual direction with the RSCJ’s at the Center for Christian Spirituality, University of San Diego. She is certified to teach Ashtanga-based vinyasa yoga. Beyond the Hilltop, Lisa loves time with family, Filipino sweets and siopao, afternoon tea, watching foreign films, and befriending local artisans.
Brandon Felder is the Music Director of the Georgetown Gospel Choir, serving with the Director of Protestant Ministry. In this role, Brandon oversees talented student singers who celebrate their spirituality through song and supports Protestant Ministry services and special campus events while singing diverse music from gospel, traditional hymns to modern Christian selections. Brandon has been leading worship for over 20 years and is a teaching artist with degrees from Howard University (B.M.Ed) and the University of Maryland (MM. M.Ed). He is a Governor on the GRAMMY Recording Academy Washington DC Chapter Board, serving as Education Committee Chairperson. His passion in life is to become what God designed him to be, lead people into the presence of God through music performance and education, and eat the greatest food in the world.
Rabbi Rachel Gartner is the Director for Jewish Life. She oversees the Jewish Life program and supervises the Jewish Life staff team as together they support the warm, robust and diverse Georgetown Jewish campus community she loves so dearly. Rabbi Gartner enjoys working closely and collaboratively to create multi-faith programs she finds most authentic and impactful – ones that engage honestly, deeply, courageously and empathetically across real difference. Rabbi Gartner also teaches courses in Judaism, offers one-on-one supportive rabbinic counseling, and leads religious services throughout the year. Rabbi Gartner loves connecting with students about anything at all on their minds. To see Rabbi really energized, ask her about some of her favorite things: Hassidut, soulful davening, prison education, and her work with GU’s In Your Shoes program, or navigating the intersections of multiple social identities. Oh, and her love of coffee and her kid rivals that of Lorelai Gilmore!
Rev. Ebony Grisom (she/her) is the Interim Director of Protestant Christian Ministry and serves as chaplain to Protestant Students across Georgetown University. She seeks to deepen ecumenical and interreligious understanding and collaboration, and accompanies students of all religious and non-religious identities in our community. Rev. Grisom earned degrees from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Providence College, and Duke Divinity School. She brings a wealth of experience to the Hilltop having worked in high school to graduate school admissions offices, pastoral leadership, and faith-based advocacy. Since her arrival at Georgetown University in 2019, Rev. Grisom has served the Main and Law Center campuses and co-chairs the MLK Initiative: Let Freedom Ring! Although “Rev. G” (as she’s known on campus) has her feet planted in the DMV, she remains a proud New York City native who keeps a MetroCard at the ready in case there’s a need to traverse the City that never sleeps. You can find her in her Main Campus or Law Center office talking with students and colleagues about all things sacred and secular including traveling, crafting, advocacy, faith formation, race, gender, theology (and their intercessions), history, Blue Devils, music, sports, and her favorite Hoya of all time, Patrick Ewing.
Michael Haycock is the Ecumenical Life Coordinator, assisting the Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christian chaplaincies with planning, preparing for, and carrying out worship and fellowshipping opportunities for students. Michael has a BA in Political Science from Yale University and an MA in American Religious History from Claremont Graduate University. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Michael spent several years working in federal government relations. Outside of work, Michael hosts a speculative fiction book club, runs and participates in tabletop roleplaying games, and tries to keep abreast of religious scholarship. He’s always happy to converse about Star Trek, Ursula K. Le Guin, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, vegetarian recipes, religious history, and gender and religion.
Rev. Jerry Hayes, S.J., Director of Ignatian Programs, entered the Society of Jesus in 1994 and was missioned to Georgetown University in 2016. After earning his B.A. in philosophy at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington Fr Hayes went on to teach theology and serve as an assistant campus minister at Loyola High School in Los Angeles. He continued his theological studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, receiving his M.Div. in 2007 and was ordained a Catholic priest that same year. Upon ordination, he returned to Loyola High School in Los Angeles to serve as the Director of Campus Ministry. Today, Fr. Hayes provides spiritual direction to the Georgetown community and leads retreats that engage participants in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Laura Henderson is the Assistant Director of Music and Programs in Catholic Ministry. In this role, she works with student musicians, provides music at Catholic Masses, maintains Catholic sacred spaces, and works on projects like the Advent and Lent Devotional. Laura graduated from The College of William and Mary in 2009, where she studied French and music. She began working for Georgetown in 2010, first in Advancement and then in the Office of Fellowships. She also earned a Master’s from Georgetown, studying music, culture, and religion. Outside of academia, Laura is a serious knitter and is always trying to engineer a slick baby-proofing solution to keep her son and/or dog out of trouble. Students are invited to reach out to talk about anything, including multicultural exchange, music and worship, the pipe organ, ecumenism, the myth that academic and career paths are straight lines, and the merits of @WeRateDogs.
Imam Yahya Hendi is the Director for Muslim Life. He has been at Georgetown for 22 years and was the first Muslim chaplain to be hired full-time by an American university. Imam Hendi is a Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellow at the Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland School of Law and the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office. Imam Hendi is the founder and the president of Clergy Beyond Borders. He also serves as a member of the Islamic Jurisprudence Council of North America. Imam has served as an adjunct faculty member for Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Science and Osher’s Lifelong Learning Institute of John Hopkins University, Fordham University, and Hartford Seminary. Imam Hendi also taught the course Inter-religious Encounters at Georgetown University. He is passionate about environmental responsibility, racial justice, eliminating poverty, fighting against the growing sense of militarism, and empowering Muslims to reform the way they practice and understand Islam. When Imam Hendi is not talking about these topics with students, you’ll find him in the kitchen cooking Maqloobah or his other favorite dishes, grilled chicken, rice, and hummus.
Aaron Johnson is the Managing Director for Campus Ministry. In this role, he provides strategic leadership to the department, particularly in advancing interreligious understanding and collaboration, and oversees department operations. Aaron holds an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School focused on early Christianity, an MBA from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, and a BA in biblical studies from Azusa Pacific University. Aaron is an attender of Friends Meeting of Washington and is pursuing a certificate in Quaker studies from Earlham School of Religion. He is also the principal first violinist of a small chamber orchestra on Capitol Hill and is always game for casual string ensemble opportunities. With professional backgrounds in both business and religious contexts, Aaron is passionate about helping communities, organizations, and individuals explore and share their unique gifts with a complex and changing world.
Maddie Kling is the Director of the ESCAPE First-Year Retreat Program. In this role, she works closely with ESCAPE student leaders, first-year students, and many campus partners. Originally from Hackettstown, NJ, Maddie studied Psychology, Education, and Music at Bucknell University, before heading to Boston to earn an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. Experience working at Columbia University, UChicago, and Suffolk University helped her realize that she enjoyed city-life. At Georgetown University since August 2019, Maddie enjoys connecting around the following things: music, child development, John Mulaney (because Georgetown), family, college transition/college-life, and the value of therapy. Maddie loves to chat about personality types, leadership development, and the leadership narratives that make us who we are.
Dr. Ennio Mastroianni is Campus Minister for Engaged Couples. In this role, he serves as the consultant to engaged couples who want to marry at Georgetown University and to couples who are members of the Georgetown University Community that want to marry in their home Church. He retired from full-time ministry in 2018 after 43 years of pastoral service in Catholic institutions, 18 of which were as a Campus Minister in Georgetown’s Campus Ministry. Currently, he works 10 hours per week ministering to engaged couples. He holds a Ph.D. from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA in Systematics Theology. He has spent his adult years empowering lay people to live an explicit Christian spirituality.
Tony Mazurkiewicz is Chaplain for Athletics. In this role, he works with coaches and athletic staff to help animate Georgetown’s Ignatian heritage and Jesuit mission and supports student-athletes in the areas of meaning, belonging and purpose. Originally from Chicago, he earned a B.A. in History from Yale University and an M.Div. from the Washington Theological Union. Tony has over 20 years of experience in education and pastoral ministry, including the Spiritual Exercises and spiritual direction. He enjoys meditation, biking, cooking, and accompanying students in conversations about discernment, social justice, life transitions vocation, and all things spiritual. Tony also enjoys his ministry as a Resident Minister on 36th Street with his family.
Fr. David Pratt is the Director for the Orthodox Christian chaplaincy. He is an archpriest in the Russian Orthodox Church. He has held the position of associate professor of philosophy at St. Martin’s University in Washington for the past ten years, and the position of sessional professor of pastoral practice at New York Theological Seminary for the past five. Fr. Pratt previously served 23 years as a U.S. military chaplain and ethicist. He holds a Ph.D. in comparative ethics from the University of Louvain, an S.T.L. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and an M.Div. from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Fr. Pratt also serves as a residential minister in Reynolds Hall.
Ven. Yishan Qian serves as Buddhist Spiritual Advisor. She is a fully ordained nun (bhikkhuni) in the Chinese Mahayana Buddhist tradition. Ven. Yishan was ordained into the Linji School of Ch’an Buddhism in 2008 and received full ordination from the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order in 2011. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Philosophy from Wuhan University and a master’s degree in Buddhist Studies from Hangzhou Buddhist Academy. Ven. Yishan has completed an M.Div. in Buddhist Chaplaincy from the University of the West in Southern California and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Buddhist Ministry.
Aparna Ramaswamy, EdD, PhD will be serving as Dharmic Spiritual Advisor (Interim) for the fall semester. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Clinical Supervisor in the State of Maryland and in the District of Columbia. Dr. Ramaswamy completed her MS in Counseling at Johns Hopkins University (2004) and has served as a counseling faculty for six years since 2015. Her first doctorate in 2012 linked practices of Indian classical dance to ashta anga principle of yoga based on the seminal yoga text, Yogasutra. In 2017, Dr. Ramaswamy completed a second doctorate (EdD) on cultivating multicultural counseling competence, using meditation and mindfulness practices. At Sri Siva Vishnu Temple Dr. Ramaswamy teaches a Dharma-focused Sunday school program for students of all ages, that highlights the significance and relevance of dharmic wisdom, especially in modern times. As an educator, she has worked with school and college students since 1990 adopting a transformative learning pedagogy where both teacher and students co-create a nurturing and generative space for new learning to emerge.
Kelly Rankin is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for Campus Ministry. Kelly is responsible for the communications and outreach efforts for the department including managing multiple communications platforms (web, social media, newsletters) as well as the creation of digital and print materials. Her outreach work includes organizing chaplains and staff for participation in campus events such as NSO (New Student Orientation) as well as Campus Ministry’s weekly signature event, Chaplains’ Tea (currently on hiatus). She was born and raised in Toronto, Canada where she studied art and philosophy at the University of Toronto and is currently working on an MPS in Design Management & Communications from Georgetown University. Kelly is happy to answer questions about your communications project but is most excited to talk about art, philosophy and her favorite food group, ice cream. Just don’t ask her about her dog, Duke. Unless you have some time to spare.
Morgan Redmond is the Interreligious Coordinator for Professional Schools and the Office Manager. As Interreligious Coordinator, she facilitates communications and programs for the Law and Medical school chaplains. As Office Manager, Morgan works across the department to manage administrative needs and organize cross-chaplaincy and staff events. She also manages the Hospitality student worker team and is the Spiritual Advisor for the Women in Faith student organization. Morgan has a Masters in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence from Brandeis University, a Graduate Certificate in Interfaith Dialogue from Hartford Seminary, and a BA in Psychology from Elon University. She loves connecting with students about interfaith engagement, identity, family, social justice, the enneagram, Star Wars, Harry Potter, folklore and fairytales, mental health, and neurodivergence. She also knows a fair amount about DC food from ordering for our Chaplain’s Tea program.
Rev. Gregory Schenden, S.J., Director of Campus Ministry, guides the chaplains and staff of the multi-faith Office of Campus Ministry in service of its mission as a vital resource to all students and a leading partner in the work of intellectual, social and spiritual formation across the university. A graduate of John Carroll University, Fr. Schenden entered the Society of Jesus in 1997. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2008 and professed his Final Vows in 2016 at Georgetown’s Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart. Fr. Schenden earned his M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago and his M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. When not tending to his ministerial responsibilities at Georgetown, Fr. Schenden can be found tending to his own spiritual formation by admiring Mark Rothko’s works at the National Gallery, taking in live music at such DC venues as the 9:30 Club and The Black Cat, or striving to make poetic connections between Gerard Manley Hopkins and Kendrick Lamar.
Brahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan serves as the Director for Dharmic Life and Hindu Spiritual Advisor for Campus Ministry. In this role, he works to facilitate experiences and deepen knowledge about the Śaiva, Sākta, Vaiṣṇava, and Smārta Dharmas (Hindu), and co-ordinate the same for the Buddhist, Jain, and Sikh Dharmas. After becoming part of an ancient forest monk tradition, Dr. Sharan pursued studies at the University of Delhi and then the University of Oxford before gaining his PhD in Sanskrit at the University of Edinburgh before joining Georgetown University as the first Hindu Priest and Monk to serve at a Catholic institution. From indigenous and folk music, dance, languages, and diasporas to Āyurveda and international cuisine, Prakṛti and quantum theory, Yoga and care for the body-mind-intellect, Vedānta and thinking beyond the norms of society, Dr. Sharan enjoys learning about the connections of the new with the timeless. As spirituality is the pre-religious heritage of all peoples of mother Earth, Dr. Sharan desires to connect anyone who has an interest in the spiritualities of the East with the resources to find out and experience more. On leave for Fall 2021.
Michelle Siemietkowski is the Catholic Chaplain for Spiritual Formation and Resident Minister to Off-Campus Students. In these roles, she directs Catholic weekend retreats, prayer in daily life retreats, evenings of prayer and reflection, and RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). She also accompanies students through pastoral support and spiritual direction. Michelle holds a Bachelor’s in English from Georgetown (1992), a Master’s in Religious Studies from Georgetown (1998), and a Master’s in Pastoral Studies from the Washington Theological Union (2007) specializing in Ignatian spirituality. She has worked at Georgetown for over 20 years – first in the Office Alumni Relations, then for the Villa Le Balze, and now for Campus Ministry in her 14th year as a Chaplain. Michelle loves talking with students about their classes, internships, friendships and spiritual journeys. She also treasures baking for them! Outside of work, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, running, and traveling.
Madeline Vitek Memenza is the Associate Director for Campus Ministry. In this role, she works closely with our Residential Ministry and ESCAPE First-Year Retreat programs, the Division of Student Affairs, and advises our religious student organizations. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Madeline studied Political Science and Nonprofit Leadership at Seattle University (another Jesuit institution), before heading to Ohio to earn an M.S. in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Miami University. At Georgetown University since 2010, Madeline has worked in Student Affairs and Campus Ministry, and enjoys connecting around the following things: coffee, Catholic Social Teaching, Seattle, belonging at Georgetown, race and racial justice, and LGBTQ faith journeys. She is most excited to talk to students who are loving college so far, who are struggling with some aspects of being at Georgetown, and everyone in between.
Dr. Russell Weismann is the Director of Music for the Office of Campus Ministry. In this role, he oversees Georgetown’s exciting and diverse Music Ministry and serves as a musical liaison for additional events that take place in our campus chapels. A native of Pittsburgh, Russell has a few degrees in music (Doctor of Musical Arts, George Mason University; Master of Music, Yale University; Bachelor of Music, Duquesne University) and specializes in playing the organ. At Georgetown from 2007-2011 and again beginning in 2019, Russell enjoys meeting students who are passionate about the intersection of faith and music and are interested in expanding their musical knowledge and skill. When he’s not on campus, Russ is often seen walking the streets of Georgetown, daydreaming of one day living in Germany. He’s addicted to coffee, struggles with his culinary skills, and enjoys playing golf, traveling, and skiing.
Dr. Jim Wickman is the Director of Catholic Life for Campus Ministry. In this role he works with the Catholic staff and students to animate Catholic programming, liturgical life, and spiritual activities. Having grown up in Chicago, Jim went to St. Louis University to study music as an undergrad, and subsequently earned Master and Doctoral degrees in theology. He is a proud member of the class of 2020 at Georgetown, with an Executive Master’s in Leadership from the MSB. He spent many years working in parishes and taught at CUA before coming to Georgetown 10 years ago. Dr. Wickman is excited to connect with students around belonging and purpose, identity and meaning, spiritual growth, and going for coffee. He loves to travel, garden, cook, and really enjoys spending time taking students to lunch at the Tombs.